VH-AEA (1) de Havilland D.H.84
VH-AEA was imported in March 1938 by Kevin
Parer (brother of pioneer New Guinea aviator
Parer) for his newly established Wewak Air Transport. It was
formerly G-ACOR. On 21st
January 1942, Kevin was preparing to take-off from Salamaua when the
aircraft was hit by machine
fire from a marauding Japanese fighter. The Dragon burst
into flames and Parer was severely
wounded. He was rescued by the pilot of Mandated Airlines'
Dragon VH-USA which was also
left burning in this raid upon the civilian airport.
Having escaped his burning machine, Parer was
follow up strafing by the Nip fighter. A total of 12
civil aircraft were destroyed on the
ground in this raid on Salamaua. The above shot, from the Geoff
Goodall collection, was taken at
Wau in 1938.